Be a PAL - Share Our Streets

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More people in Arlington are getting around by bike and by foot. While this is great news, it does come with one little caveat -- and that's something we were all taught by our parents when we were kids: SHARING. The streets don't belong to any one of us, they belong to all of us and so we have an inherent responsibility to share the streets with everyone else using them... in a courteous and safe manner.

Image: street intersectionThe PAL campaign wants everyone to know how to easily and safely share the streets with others, and that's by being a PAL --  Predictable, Alert and Lawful. If more people know about being a PAL and the importance of sharing the streets, we can all benefit from a safer and more enjoyable journey, wherever our destination might be.

So whether you're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, we all need to share our streets safely. Arlington County has developed the PAL program for those who drive, walk and bike.

Being a PAL means being:

  • Predictable – travel in a predictable way; don’t make sudden, unexpected moves
  • Alert – pay attention to your surroundings and to others around you
  • Lawful – obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot 

Be a PAL Ambassador

Hey PAL! We're building a community-driven movement to make Arlington County's streets more safe -- and we need your help. Become a volunteer PAL Ambassador: Bike billboards, block parties, pizza nights, -- all free, and on your commute home. Visit ArlingtonPALS.org to learn more!

More About PAL

Click to enlarge this street scene (PDF, 4.6 MB, Adobe Reader required).  It illustrates some useful safety and courtesy tips for walking, cycling, and driving. Spanish version (PDF, 3.2 MB, Adobe Reader required).

Graphic: PAL street scene

PAL two-page spread from January-February 2013 Citizen newsletter. Click to enlarge. (PDF, 1.4 MB, Adobe Reader required.)

PAL Citizen spread, thumbnail image

Each of us finds ourselves as a driver, cyclist, or walker at some point. Do our perceptions change with each mode? Watch this video to see how to be a PAL with the driver, cyclist and walker in all of us.

PAL logo

Don't be shy, let us know on our comments page what you think of the PAL campaign.  We would love to hear your comments or suggestions!

Did You Know?

Arlington County has 50 miles of shared-use, off-street trails.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
834
14th Street Bridge
2430
Arlington Mill Trail
405
Ballston Connector
356
Bluemont Connector
225
CC Connector
634
Clarendon EB bike lane
228
Custis Bon Air Park
1301
Custis Rosslyn
1924
Fairfax EB bike lane
191
Joyce St NB
20
Joyce St SB
40
Key Bridge East
1255
Key Bridge West
791
Military NB bike lane
38
Military SB bike lane
25
MVT Airport South
2470
Quincy NB bike lane
115
Quincy SB bike lane
103
Roosevelt Bridge
582
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1661
TR Island Bridge
1594
WOD Bon Air Park
1020
WOD Bon Air West
1685
WOD Columbia Pike
887
WOD East Falls Church
1206
Wilson WB bike lane
282

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
703
14th Street Bridge
240
Arlington Mill Trail
685
Ballston Connector
343
Bluemont Connector
286
CC Connector
318
Custis Bon Air Park
386
Custis Rosslyn
347
Joyce St NB
44
Joyce St SB
81
Key Bridge East
1851
Key Bridge West
0
MVT Airport South
144
Roosevelt Bridge
136
TR Island Bridge
583
WOD Bon Air Park
496
WOD Bon Air West
525
WOD Columbia Pike
648
WOD East Falls Church
310

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
5961670
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